India opener KL Rahul has revealed that he is unlikely to regain full fitness before the upcoming 2017 Champions Trophy in England.
The 25-year-old injured his right shoulder during the first Test against Australia, decided to play through the pain for the duration of the series, and is missing out this year’s IPL.
“I have to wait and see but the chances are slim,” he told the Times of India.
“I had torn my labrum [a ring of fibrocartilage attached to the shoulder socket]. I couldn’t get into a few positions because my shoulder kept dislocating. That’s why I couldn’t play a lot of shots and had to restrict myself. I played with a lot of medication and taping.”
The Bengaluru opener, despite the injury, went on to finish as India’s second-highest run-getter in the four-match series, notching up 393 runs at an average of 65.50. Post the series, Rahul travelled to England to undergo surgery, and further disclosed that it might take his shoulder ‘2-3 months’ to recover fully.
“The doctor said it will take 2-3 months. Each body is different, so you don’t know how it recovers,” he said. “It is totally up to me and how I well I take care of myself in the rehab phase. For now, it is 2-3 weeks of relaxing and after that, I will start physiotherapy. My rehab will start from there.”
“It is a sports injury but the doctor was surprised it happened because of batting,” he said. “It mostly happens in contact sports where people run into you.
“The physio [Patrick Farhart] was surprised because there was no such major incident. It was that moment in Pune when I played a shot – not the one I got out to, but the one that went for six. That’s when I knew that my shoulder dislocated and went back in. I got out playing the same shot, so by then it was completely damaged. I couldn’t do anything after that.”
Rahul is currently one of India’s best openers, and was set to partner with the returning Rohit Sharma when his side get set to defend their Champions Trophy crown in England. But it is unlikely that the 25-year-old will make it to the Indian side for the tournament.
“It is frustrating for a young man who is new to international cricket – it’s been two-and-a-half years now,” Rahul said. “I’ve already been injured twice or thrice. It makes me think about what I am doing wrong.
“I can’t see any reason why I keep getting injured because I am disciplined with my fitness and my diet and I look after my body. Now is the time to see what I can change in training. To be injury-free is wishful thinking for a sportsman. To be fit and minimize injuries will be my goal once I get back.”